I agree that the Civic Offices wasn't big enough for the party (I also mentioned it, in fact). My point was, if the Merrion Square party doesn't improve this year with the changes they're making based on feedback from last year (which, if I remember correctly, I contributed to), I don't think it's a terribly good trade-off. I'd prefer the limited party in the Civic Offices with a better route, rather than a poor route and party.
Again, you can't please everyone. I've really enjoyed just hanging out on Capel St the past few years, outside Nealons and Panti. The atmosphere's been great. So I wouldn't overly miss the post-parade party. I'd probably prefer some speeches in the Civic Offices.